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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Through two heart-warming stories, The Memory Keepers by Sarah Allison offers practical ways for handling difficult conversations about Alzheimer's with children. It is a reassuring picture book that reminds families impacted by dementia of the beautiful moments they can still look back on. Mia and Ann hold on to memories of their beloved Grandpa and Mimi after they lose their ability to remember. They fondly recall moments they shared and like their moms, they formed a team to collect photos, experiences, and keepsakes relating to their grandparents before the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. They become the memory keepers, promising to remember what their grandparents were like, the things they loved to do, and the wonderful experiences they had together.
This is a wonderful story that aptly tackles a complex subject in a way that children can understand. I loved that the story involves young characters and offers practical ways to help them navigate the impact of dementia on their families. I also enjoyed Ann and Mia’s lovely friendship and conversations. They created different activities that become useful suggestions for children facing similar circumstances. The story is told through Mia’s perspective, making it easier for children to relate. Laura Mocelin’s splendid and eye-catching illustrations enhance the story and help bring the characters to life. A useful picture book that tackles a complex topic with sensitivity, The Memory Keepers by Sarah Allison is a must-read for families affected by Alzheimer’s.